Shanghai, Beijing order new round of mass COVID-19 testing

BEIJING – Residents of parts of Shanghai and Beijing have been ordered to undergo further rounds of COVID-19 testing following the discovery of new cases in the two cities, while tight restrictions remain in place in Hong Kong, Macao and other Chinese cities. Shanghai has only just emerged from a strict lockdown that confined most … Read more

14 counties in COVID-19 Level Red

DENVER (KDVR) — After seeing a slight drop in the state’s COVID-19 levels last week, rates are rising again. Incidence rates and overall positivity are up over the last seven days. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has moved 14 counties into the high level for community transmission: Adams County Arapahoe County Boulder County Broomfield County … Read more

Taoiseach: Covid-19 ‘a significant disruptor’ in society but we have left the ’emergency phase’

TAOISEACH MICHEÁL MARTIN has said that Covid-19 remains “a significant disruptor” in our society but again stressed that we have left the “emergency phase” of the pandemic. Speaking this afternoon at the re-opening of the Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station in Dublin, Martin said he could not rule in or out the possibility of any restrictions … Read more

San Diego County COVID Hospitalizations Exceed 300 Going Into 4th of July

The number of people hospitalized with a coronavirus infection in San Diego County exceeded 300 heading into the Fourth of July holiday, according to the latest state data. Of the 308 patients hospitalized as of Saturday, 34 were being treated in intensive care, down one from Friday. There were 15 fewer hospital beds available, totaling … Read more

Analysis | Omicron deadlier for Ontario seniors than previous two waves combined

Even as Ontario began reopening its economy and returning to some semblance of normalcy this year, COVID-19 was wreaking havoc on the lives of older residents — killing them at higher rates than the past two waves, new data shows. Analysis of death figures by researchers at the University of Toronto provided to the Star … Read more

Pride parade returns in London on 50th anniversary

LONDON — Hundreds of thousands of people turned out on the streets of London on Saturday to mark the 50th anniversary of the U.K.’s first Pride parade, filling the streets of the British capital with color. A vibrant crowd turned out to either take part in or watch the festivities, forming a spectacle of rainbow … Read more

Summer Covid wave causing ‘havoc’ for businesses struggling with staff shortages

A SUMMER WAVE of Covid-19 is causing knock-on issues around the country even if it is not causing illness as severe as previous waves. Hospitalisations have begun to increase but a much more visible effect is the problems businesses and other services are having from increased levels of infection. The widespread flight cancellations from airlines … Read more

Biden to award Medal of Freedom to Biles, McCain, Giffords

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will present the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to 17 people, including actor Denzel Washington, gymnast Simone Biles and the late John McCain, the Arizona Republican with whom Biden served in the U.S. Senate. Biden will also recognize Sandra Lindsay, the New York City nurse who … Read more

Here’s what you need to know about a possible fall COVID booster campaign

Get ready to roll up your sleeves again, now that Canada’s national advisory body on vaccines has released guidelines that could lay the groundwork for a fall booster campaign — and dialled up the urgency on recommendations that people sign up for more shots. Broadly speaking, no matter how many previous COVID shots you’ve had, … Read more